Popularly called "the blue-black speller," many African Americans remember Noah Webster's Elementary Spelling Book as the way they learned to read and spell after slavery.
A faded blue textbook with black text titled “The Elementary Spelling Book: Being an Improvement on the American Spelling Book” by Noah Webster. Printed at the top of the cover is “THE LAST REVISED EDITION.” The title is at the center of the cover surrounded by a floral design and the author’s name. The publisher’s information is printed at the bottom of the cover. The cover is torn and faded. The book contains 168 pages. The pages are white with black text.